On Wednesday 29th March Dr Dan was delighted to welcome a group of students from the University of Suffolk to Westminster. Although the visit had been planned for some time, the staff and tutors made the trip from Suffolk to London on one of Parliament's busiest days – not only did their visit coincide with Prime Minister's Questions, but there was certainly an added buzz around the Houses of Parliament ahead of the triggering of Article 50.
The group of students enjoyed a tour of the Houses of Parliament where they learned about the fascinating history and heritage of the buildings themselves, but also more about the role of our democracy and the passing of legislation. The students had previously visited Dr Dan's office in October last year as part of the University's week-long "Business Fair" which allows the students to discover the diversity of businesses and opportunities in Suffolk. Following that visit, an invitation to visit Parliament was extended and Dr Dan was delighted meet the students at the end of their tour for a Question and Answer session.
It was clear that the students had enjoyed their tour of Parliament very much and were all too keen to get the Q&A session underway. They asked a number of questions on both local and national issues, and it goes without saying that the topic of Brexit featured highly, particularly in relation to local impact here in Suffolk. Aside from the politics of the day, there was much discussion around fiscal policy, agricultural matters, food labelling and public health policy. As part of the discussion Dr Dan was happy to share his experiences of balancing work as an MP with that of being a part-time NHS doctor.
Visits such as these help to strengthen the link between what Dr Dan does as an MP locally here in Suffolk and what he does in Parliament. Of course any visit to Parliament is an exciting experience, but to be here on the historic day when Article 50 was triggered is surely something that the students will all be able to recount in later years.
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Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, whether he plans to introduce penalties for local planning authorities that fail to introduce a five-year land supply.
Free School Meals/Pupil Premium: Eligibility (6 Feb 2018)
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